Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda's book Zambia Shall Be Free, looking on is  Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda
Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall Be Free, looking on is Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda

Republican President Edgar Lungu says Zambians should be proud of the first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda and all the freedom fighters saying they worked so hard for Zambia to be free from any form of oppression.He said this during the re-launching of Dr. Kaunda’s book “Zambia Shall be Free” organized by Kagem Mining Company in Lusaka last night.The book was originally published in 1962.

President Lungu said that the dream of the book ‘ Zambia Shall Be Free’ came to pass when Zambia got independence from colonial masters on October 24th 1964 and that people are enjoying the freedom now. He said there is also need for Zambians to document the history of Zambia through writing saying the new generation will need to know about the history of the country.

President Lungu said Zambia has come a long way and that there is need to protect the nation saying the freedom fighters suffered for Zambia harshly.The President said he will not relent in promoting unity in the country saying he is a proud Zambian.

President Lungu addressed more than 200 guests at the event to celebrate the relaunch of the book, of which 4,000 copies have been reprinted.

“I am very proud to be guest of honour at this function because Dr Kenneth Kaunda is a living example of an ordinary person who has achieved extraordinary things,” said President Lungu.

Meanwhile Dr Kenneth Kaunda has been urged to publish his memoirs in order to document the nation’s historic events for future generations.

“Allow me to place a passionate appeal to Dr Kaunda to pen his memoirs. Dr Kaunda has been at the helm of the political history of this country from the days of struggle to 1991 when he voluntarily cut short his term of office to allow for multiparty politics. It is only fitting and appropriate that we hear from him on how he stirred the enterprise of Zambia’s state craft all those years,” said William B. Nyirenda, chairman of Kagem Mining, which sponsored the reprint.

In reassuring guests that his memoirs would be published, Dr Kaunda said: “When Zambia became independent we emphasised unity and that all people from various backgrounds were brothers and sisters. ’One Zambia, One Nation’ is still very fresh and still very valid as a vision.

Dr.Kaunda said there is need for Zambians to continue promoting the motto ‘one Zambia, one nation’ and that the motto should remain valid for all the years to come.

Dr. Kaunda, who led the audience in singing ‘ Tiyende Pamodzi ndi mutima umodzi song, said he is impressed that President Lungu has launched the promotion of one Zambia one Nation motto on the national broadcaster saying it will no doubt unite the nation.

Dr. Kaunda, who called to the podium one of the Freedom Fighters Grey Zulu, said the book reprinted reminds him and freedom fighters of the harsh treatment they went through during the struggle for freedom.Dr. Kaunda said Zambians should love one another and know that there is only one country to protect, Zambia.

Sponsorship of the book represents a continuation of the model partnership between Kagem Mining and the government, which owns 25 per cent of the emerald mine in Lufwanyama, with the remaining 75 per cent owned by London-listed Gemfields plc.

In pledging Kagem’s support in publishing a new book of Dr Kaunda’s memoirs, Mr Nyirenda urged the First Republican President to include mention of numerous milestones in Zambia’s history, including the effects of the Declaration of the Universal Declaration of Independence (UDI) in the then Southern Rhodesia; government’s reaction to the bombings that we experienced during the late 70’s as we supported the liberation struggle in the region; the Matero Economic Reforms; Zambia’s relations with the IMF and other Multilateral Institutions ; – there was a time when Sir, you asked IMF to leave due to stringent structural adjustment programs; the Choma Declaration which ushered in One Party Participatory Democracy; the challenges to Dr Kaunda’s presidency at the Mulungushi Rock of Authority by various players; and the advent of Multipartism.

And Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma applauded Kagem Mining Company Limited for honoring Dr. Kaunda saying he deserves the best.Mr. Yaluma said the book will bridge the gap between the new generation and the freedom fighters in knowing and understanding what really occurred during the struggle for freedom.Mr. Yaluma also disclosed that his ministry is still in dialogue with the mining companies over the new mining tax regime in the country.

Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu celebrate the reprint of Dr Kaunda's book Zambia Shall Be Free with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda
Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu celebrate the reprint of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall Be Free with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda
 Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda's book Zambia Shall Be Free, presented by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda
Dr Kenneth Kaunda and President Edgar Lungu admire the reprint of Dr Kaunda’s book Zambia Shall Be Free, presented by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda
 Dr Kenneth Kaunda talks with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga as President chats with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma
Dr Kenneth Kaunda talks with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga as President chats with Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma
 President Edgar Lungu is greeted by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma
President Edgar Lungu is greeted by Kagem chairman William B Nyirenda, with Kagem director Dr Sixtus Mulenga and Minister of Mines Hon. Christopher Yaluma
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    • That is nice blue leather suit for Edgar, I will send him some stripped cow-boy dress boots.

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    • What was the point for independence if you still borrow money since independence ? The did just open the gate for any bandit in government to steal . Only 2 presidents who cared for there people , Patrick mwanawasa and guy scott . During KK was young , but FTJ ,RB , SATA and lungu 10000% bandits in zambian history .

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    • The just wasted there time and lives !! We are still depending from the western countries to live . It sucks to be them and what’s happening in Africa .

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    • President Dental Formula, awe nalilafye Kachasu. Rainbow Party, Strength And Vision For The Taxpayers. 2016 here we come.

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    • KK the dictator of 27 years!

      The truth is that, Zambia was “initially” arranged by Barotseland & Northern Rhodesia. On 18th May 1964, the two countries signed the Barotseland Agreement but KK abrogated it with impunity.
      The slogan “one Zambia one nation” is in disguise of two countries which formed it, viz Barotseland & Northern Rhodesia. Zambia can’t exist without Barotseland as the agreement not in force, legally the two reverts to their respective & original status.

      Which white people were killed by UNIPists to be independent or is it in dependence? ZERO! Which blacks died at the hands of Britain? ZERO.
      It was political violence of UNIP against ANC & UPP, hence KK was a DICTATOR of 27 years.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~
      Viva Barotseland & Litunga.

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    • The color of the suit is like a PIMP in California. Next time he will wear ….Purple Heart
      Teal Blue
      Tropical rain Forest (tree planting day)
      Raw Umber
      Eggplant
      Copper (when visiting the mines)

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    • President Lungu shall be careful of William B Nyirenda. He is a a stooge of Indian Banker that has messed up many presidents in Zambia. No back door entry. Kagem Mines is also majority owned by the Indian Banker. He stabbed the fellow Indians from Jaipur, India, short-changed them and grabbed the mines. The names of owners are front for the Indian businessman operating from 5th floor of Finance House Lusaka. Let him deny and I will disclose the true identities of people involved.

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  1. I ALWAYS SAY THIS, ‘ZAMBIANS SHOULD DOCUMENT THEIR HISTORY’. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN ZAMBIAN HISTORY WHICH ARE A DISTORTION INCLUDING THE RENAMING OF KINGS IN ZAMBIA AS PARAMOUNT CHIEFS BY THE ENGLISH SETTLERS, THE ALMOST RIP OFF BY THE BRITISH THROUGH CECIL RHODES THROUGH THE BAROTSE AGREEMENT AND MANY MORE.

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    • History is not only about protesting about 20 “kings” in Zambia. I think what the colonial masters did is not worse than the way Zambians are voting for their presidents.

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    • @Nostradamus
      kekekekekekek,,, history is also about people being appointed by lungu but dancing to RB`s tune…
      dont forget wynter kabimba is part of zambian history,,, at least 1 chapter or verse

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    • President Lungu shall be careful of William B Nyirenda. He is a a stooge of Indian Banker that has messed up many presidents in Zambia. No back door entry. Kagem Mines is also majority owned by the Indian Banker. He stabbed the fellow Indians from Jaipur, India, short-changed them and grabbed the mines. The names of owners are front for the Indian businessman operating from 5th floor of Finance House Lusaka. Let him deny and I will disclose the true identities of people involved.

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  2. I wish Kaunda long live, he has a lot to tell this fresh generation on how this banana republic got its name” zambia”, This man is a deceiver, kon-man and doesnt suit to be called the father of this banana republic. Barotseland will hunt you till you confess and tell the nation the real truth about the Barotselanders. For sure Barotseland shall be free….

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    • So you want us to go to war with Angola right? There is more to these agreements than meets the eye. Africa was one, No Zambia, No barostse. Only Nubia, Ethiopia and Kemet.

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    • Barotse Drums

      Tukongote Litunga Ni Lyetu! Barotseland is moving forward to freedom. KK can only deceive the gullible cadres, we the children of Mbuyawamwambwa, Queen mother of Barotseland know our historical connotations with facts.
      Barotseland is a nation, KK signed the Barotseland Agreement 1964 in bad faith, Sir Mwanawina III KBE spirits are with Barotzich & KK will even scrawl until Barotseland viva free.
      Time to tell the truth is now b’coz Proverbs 15:3 says, “the eyes of God are everywhere, keeping watch of the good and evil”. Surely God is waiting when the truth shall set the oppressor free but not until a confession is acknowledged.
      KK will witness Barotseland determine her destiny & self determination.
      The Skeleton Key
      ~206~

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  3. Whilst we are on this selfsame subject of republishing books of our leaders and freedom fighters let’s also re-publish Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe and Goodwin Bwalya Mwangilwas’ The Kapwepwe diaries.
    I read The Kapwepwe diaries when I was about 16 and I was inspired especially by the last two chapters of that book; Death of a Colossus and What African Leaders ought to Know. I haven’t seen the book since… this book is so rare that it is sold on Amazon for between £17- £40.
    Our children need to have the opportunity to read this book at an affordable price.

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    • This is a good idea. There’s a dire need for more people to come forth and help address our unwritten and unexplored rich history. These memoirs will be an integral part to the building blocks of Zambia’s institutional memory.

      I have heard enough of Kaunda’s one sidedness history. I therefore want to hear from both the living and the dead such as

      SM Kapwepwe
      N Mundia
      AB Chikwanda
      RC Kamanga
      A Wina
      PW Matoka
      S Kalulu
      HD Banda
      MM Sakubita
      E Mudenda
      G Mbikusita
      JMS Lichilana
      S Wina
      YK Libakeni
      Philemon Ngoma
      Harry M Nkumbula
      M Sipalo
      DC Mulaisho
      EG Kasonde etc,etc

      As a matter of fact, the first hundred or so graduates at or before independence ought to write something about that era.

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  4. The chairman of Kagem is telling a big lie, Kaunda never cut his term of office voluntarily to allow multi-party democracy in 1991, he was humiliated and kicked out unceremoniously.

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  5. Mbikusita Lewanika, the unsung founding father! This is the man who organised a scholarship for Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe to and study in India in the 1950s…Check ZWD

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    • @bodfax, simon was shunted off to India in the garb of training him. It was a British conspiracy and Lewanika was a part of the conspiracy. Politics is a dirty game and Barotse kings have been stooges of the British always.

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  6. @bodfax, sorry we don’t read galu watchers in Zambia. Goodbye, you can go back to your site.

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